Antimalarial might fight Zika virus

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Alexey Terskikh, PhD
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Sanford Burnham Prebys
Medical Discovery Institute
Preclinical research suggests a drug used to prevent and treat malaria may also be effective against Zika virus. Investigators found that chloroquine can protect human neural progenitors from infection with Zika virus. The drug also decreased Zika-induced mortality in one mouse... [Read Article]
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FDA grants drug orphan designation for treatment of malaria

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Artemisia annua, the
plant from which
artemisinin is derived
Photo by Jorge Ferreira
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation to artemisone, a product candidate for the treatment of malaria. Artemisone is a synthetic derivative of the antimalarial drug artemisinin, which “has been optimized for potency, stability, and safety,”... [Read Article]
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Intervention improves well-being in AYAs with cancer

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Doctor consults with cancer patient and her father
Photo by Rhoda Baer
New research suggests an intervention can improve psychosocial health in adolescents and young adults (AYAs) living with cancer. The intervention, Promoting Resilience in Stress Management (PRISM), is designed to help patients manage stress, set goals, and change their perspective. Overall, PRISM improved... [Read Article]
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